Abu Dhabi to stay dry for F1 finale

Tue, 9 November 2010, 08:31

Nov.9 (GMM) After rain affected the last three grand prix weekends, it is almost certain that the F1 world can expect a dry finale in Abu Dhabi.

Indeed, it almost never rains in the United Arab Emirate capital, where outside the cosmopolitan city lies endless miles of sandy desert.

Media reports say it hasn’t rained in Abu Dhabi for more than 120 days running, but – interestingly – a light shower is forecast for when the F1 fraternity congregates at Yas Marina on Thursday.

Beyond that, a dry and sunny weekend in the 20s is expected.

The F1 cars arrive in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, after a mad rush on Sunday to pack up the equipment in Brazil amid perhaps the tightest turnaround between races in the sport’s history.

At Interlagos on Sunday, Red Bull team members celebrated their constructors’ title win with loud music while they packed up just minutes after the chequered flag.

“We divided the team into three shifts to get everything done on time,” confirmed McLaren’s chief operating officer Simon Roberts.

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